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Sydney falls in love with a nice
young doctor, he proposes, and she confesses to him that he will
be marrying a part-time spy.
Her fiancÚ Danny leaves a message
on her answering machine while she is away, saying the spy thing
is OK by him. When Syd returns, she finds Danny
killed. (Hey, is he dead, or is he just on
a different planet, or maybe in
a different time period?)
Sydney goes to Arvin
director of SD-6, who admits that fiancÚ was killed by SD-6, and
that Syd knew the rules when she signed on - anyone who finds out
about SD-6 is killed.
Syd is not happy
with Sloane or SD-6, and so she quits and walks out. Which is also
against the rules, and which sends the SD-6 hit squad after her.
As she is trying to escape the hit
men, Syd gets a lift from an unlikely source, namely her estranged
dad Jack Bristow. She hasn't had a lot to do with Jack since her mother died
when she was 7.
Jack surprises Syd with the
announcement that instead of selling airplane parts like she
thought, he is also a spy for SD-6. He also explains that SD-6 is not
part of the CIA, but is part of the bad guys, the infamous Alliance of 12.
Syd has an idea
that might save her life as well as bring down SD-6. She goes to
Hong Kong to complete her previous mission for SD-6, stealing a
funny-looking metal cradle and red ball thingy. After much
daring-do, she marches into Sloane's office and announces she is
back on the job. Then she marches out again.
Syd keeps marching all the way
to the CIA, where she offers her services as a double agent to
infiltrate SD-6 for them. This sounds good to CIA agent Michael Vaughn, who will be her contact/handler.
(Hey, does he look familiar? Try in
a different time period )
Vaughn reveals that she will be one of two double agents at SD-6. The other double
agent is her father, Jack Bristow.
So begins Syd's
life as a double agent. She wears lots of wigs
Syd works with her
nice SD-6 partner Dixon, who thinks he works for the CIA.
She gets lots of
gizmos for her missions from Marshall, SD-6's Q.
The usual double agent scenario: Syd
gets a mission assigned by SD-6. Then she meets with Vaughn, usually in a
self-storage building, and tells him all. He tells her what the
CIA wants her to do on the mission - like making copies or
substituting fake stuff for real.
After the mission, she hands over
the goods and info to Vaughn.
In Sydney's other
life, she has two close friends, her housemate Francie and her
reporter friend Will Tippin
finishing MBA stuff and is planning to open a restaurant some day.
She gets engaged to a schmuck, but that falls through. She has no
idea what Syd does, and has no strong storyline in the season.
Reporter Will Tippin
wants to help Syd. He just wants to find fiancÚ Danny's
murderers, despite the pleas from Syd to let it go.
He gets some mysterious
aid from an anonymous caller who puts him on the track of a
mysterious organization called SD-6.
Meanwhile, Sydney discovers Russian
ciphers in some books that her dad had bought for her mother. She
gives them to Vaughn for analysis.
messages contain orders that directly relate to the murders of 12
CIA agents twenty-odd years before. Including Vaughn's father. Syd
and Vaughn think dad Jack was a KGB spy, but Jack and CIA
officials explain that the spy was not Jack, but Syd's mom.
All spies everywhere are after everything
Rambaldi. Rambaldi was a 15th century inventor and prognosticator.
His inventions were often centuries ahead of their time. 47 is his
There are manuscripts, inventions,
machines with encoded information. All of the prophesies Rambaldi
made have been found to be true - much better track record than
At the front of
the Rambaldi hunt is an organization with no name, headed by
"The Man", who is believed to be Khasinau, ex-KGB. Also
identified with this organization is a hit man named Sark.
One prophesy says
that a great evil will be unleashed, caused by a woman. Syd fits
the picture and all of the physical pointers. But so does Syd's
mom, whom Syd and Jack learn did not die. Now the CIA and Syd are
trying to find Mom, but for different reasons.
Will's research is discovered by
SD-6. Jack tries to stop Will without killing him. Will is
kidnapped by masked men, is threatened effectively, and ceases.
He's now off of the SD-6 hit list. But then his informant tells
him the masked man was Jack.
Will goes to see Jack for answers,
after leaving his story with a friend to be published in case he
disappears. Jack says he's a good guy and asks for Will's help to
find the identity of Will's informant.
Sloane's wife Emily is dying of cancer. Unfortunately, she reveals
in a conversation with Syd that is being monitored by SD-6, that
she knows about SD-6. The rules say that she must be killed, but
Sloane pleads for her life with the Alliance. He says she is being
killed already by her cancer. She is granted a reprieve, but then
she goes into remission. Once again Sloane is told that she must
die. So he takes her to a lovely seaside cottage and offers her a
glass of doctored wine.
Will dangles a carrot to flush out
the tipster. He mentions "the circumference", which Jack
tells him to do. Tipster directs Will to meet him in Paris, and
brings him at gunpoint to a nightclub owned by Khasinau.
Sydney, on assignment to track Khasinau and not informed by her
dad about Will, sees this happening.
Will gets a big surprise as he
watches Syd go into spy mode and rescue him from the bad guys.
Will is put in a
CIA safe house, where Syd visits him and explains that she really
can't explain about her life.
Sark kidnaps Will and takes him to Taipei for interrogation and
torture. They want to find out what he knows about "the
circumference" (nothing). And they want a ransom for
his life, demanded from Syd. They want a missing Rambaldi page.
Syd and Jack decide to ransom Will
themselves. They steal the Rambaldi page and arrange to take it to
Vaughn suspects that they are going
to do something like this. Even though he is under orders not to
get too involved, he decides to privately offer his help. So Syd,
Jack and Vaughn fly to Taipei.
trades the Rambaldi page for Will and gets a big hug from a
Meanwhile, Syd and
Vaughn go to a warehouse where Khasinau's people are building this
circumference, which is a gigantic version of what Syd stole
earlier in the season. They need to destroy it.
When they do, that big red ball
thingy breaks open and floods the corridors with water. Syd barely
escapes, but Vaughn is caught in the flood. Syd tries desperately
to free him, but is caught herself by the bad guys.
When she comes to, Syd discovers
that she is a prisoner of 'The Man', and that this person is
actually her mother, Laura Bristow, aka Irina Derevko.
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